We just got back from our holiday after 2 weeks in lovely portugal. The hotel was fantastic,such a lovely hotel, very clean and modern. The bedrooms are lovely and spacious, the shower/wet room is to die for wish i could have brought it home, there was a flat screen tv on the wall and the beds were so comfty didnt wanna to get out. The only thing which wasn'to good is you had to pay for refill of tea/coffee/milk whcih you wouldnt expect from a 5 star hotel, although there is a supermarket about 10 mins walk which i think most people did. The maids kept the rooms lovely and clean & there was also a free safe and you could use the iron and ironing board for 2 hours which i think was about 3 euros which wasnt bad at at all. we had a garden view which was mainly all palm trees but there was a nice little fountain.
Before we left we was reading the reviews and alot of people were saying about the sunbeds, when we got there there was plenty of sunbeds for everyone, you had people going down and putting down which we didnt on the first few days but as the hotel got busier we felt we had to. There was also the little pods but i didnt find them to comfty - on some occasions i saw two people with a pod, a bean bag and 2 sun chairs which was a bit ridiculous. the pool bar was nice good prices althoug the menu could have had a bit more vary on for the lunch time but drink prices were ok.
The buffet in the morning and evening were very good, always lots to choose from. althoug on the evening meal there wasnt much to choose for starter's they had different soups and pastas but the pastas were all mixed with something i didnt personally like and it would have been nice to have plain pasta with some sauces veg ect to choose yourself. we was there for 2 weeks and each night they do a different theme e.g BBQ, Asian we thought on the second week we was there that for example on the asian night one week they would do 2 currys then the next week they would do 2 differnt currys and keep them varied each week but they didnt. The best night for me was Saturday night the international night - the mash potatoe was yum yum yum!!. we also went to the alfresco a couple of night which was lovely and a nice change, aslon as it isnt to windy and you can sit outside the views are stunning!
The entertainment was good aswell.the duo north stars were a lovely couple and played most days either day or evening & also sunday was good the quiz with the two nicks( Thomson reps).
All the staff were absolutley lovely a few to name were Carlos, Manuel - both of them,Jeorge and carla was the lady who we first saw when we checked in and she made us very welcome. The BEST memeber of staff was Goncalo - what a lovely lovely person and he made our stay very good, always smiling and always having a laugh with you, should be head bar man!
Was a nice two relaxing weeks away, would go back maybe for a week this time just because there wasnt anything around the hotel it self it a taxi ride abut 6 euros to get into albuferia were there was plenty of bars/restraunt ect. but if you want a nice relaxing stay then i would deffo reccomend
obrigado from Martin
brigada from Katherine
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- The hotel Sao Rafael Atlantico enjoy a spectacular location overlooking the Atlantic sea, direct access to Sao Rafael Beach and only at a short drive to Albufeira centre. The interiors have contemporary design features with space and light throughout. The rooms are modern and have large balconies with views over the sea and gardens. The extensive gardens offer a beautiful mediterranean landscape with olive and palm trees. There is also a state-of-the-art SPA featuring leading wellness therapies and treatments. ... more less
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